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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Of course the headline in the paper was flooding will not end drought. I know ... ... in the Summer and Fall. The Central Valley is a desert. Diverting water there to make it farmland has more to do with our drought than how much rainfall we get or don't get. But I digress. What really surprises me are the number of homes along the river that... Read More

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  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    Beef and gently vegetal on the nose this reminds me of beef stew on the nose with soft shadings of wild berry fruit and wild mushrooms adding detail. Soft and a bit fat in the mouth, theres a nice bed of savoriness covered by the dense and slightly chewy fruit here. Toasty accents and dark fruit saturate the palate with modest tannins and incons... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It depends on your objective... does that include fine wine, or does it merely ... warm in winter.  Yes, the Central Valley is hot-hot... even the northernmost end of it.If you are serious about growing these grapes for wine (popular in Argentina, mostly), you may wish to move up about 600 meters in altitude from the city proper which is prett... Read More

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  • If you've spent any time with any crop growing and harvesting you'll ... saw while driving I5 through the Central Valley last June--rows of grape vines covered in plastic sheeting.  This was near Bakersfield, and I suspect that they were table grapes, but Mrs. EMark and I could not recall ever seeing that before.  Our best guess is that it was... Read More

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  • Historically, agricultural pickers of any product are paid by volume (boxes of ... ... is nothing like over in the Central Valley (would be interesting to see all Gallo's figures), or even at many other places producing 'fine' wines, but it is apparently a lot more than usual for that winery. The people I was working briefly with in the Pinna... Read More

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  • Purging Rosenblums from my inventory This one starts out OK--a hint of ... jammy low-dollar Zins from the Central Valley. Sorry if that offends anybody.Well, the good news is that I have pulled this one out of the cellar, and that makes room for some Bedrock or Mauritson next month..  So, I'm a happy camper.  &nbs Read More

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  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the Atlantic. I'm liking Chambers Street more and more, the more I visit their offerings. These guys seem to understand wine in ways that I do and like. In their essay below there's a link to a current Asimov article on Muscadet. It's also well worth jumping to and reading.... Read More

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  • To me this is weird.A few years back I used to participate in the annual 'Togenkyo Marathon' up around the border of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures, mountainous areas to the west of Tokyo. Already well into my office lifestyle I only attempted the 10k event, and that was plenty. Beautiful area, especially since the timing was when all the peac... Read More

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  • No, the fog there is somewhat different.  All the fog forms as a result of ... ... get the huge effect from the Central Valley.  The Central Coast is unusual because they have a number of small east -west running valleys.  So the inland areas heat up (SLO is a lot hotter than Cayucos, and Paso hotter still) albeit not quite like the Central Val... Read More

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  • Snoother 15196584. Thanks for the updated info. Seems that you're based in ... ... counties. Not so sure the Central Valley is the influence there it is further north. Read More

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